WWE Raw is XXX Results: Winners, Grades, Reaction and Highlights

Doc-Chris Mueller@@BR_DoctorFeatured Columnist IVJanuary 24, 2023

WWE Raw is XXX Results: Winners, Grades, Reaction and Highlights

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    Welcome to Bleacher Report's coverage and recap of WWE Raw's 30th anniversary on January 23.

    WWE brought in a boatload of legends to help celebrate this huge milestone for the red brand, but plenty of current stars were also highlighted.

    Bayley took on Becky Lynch inside a steel cage, and The Bloodline held a tribal court for Sami Zayn after some recent missteps.

    We also saw Bobby Lashley challenge Austin Theory for the United States title, and The Usos put the Raw Tag Team Championships on the line against Dominik Mysterio and Finn BΓ‘lor.

    Let's take a look at everything that happened during Monday's show.

The Trial of Sami Zayn

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    Raw XXX opened with Hulk Hogan and Jimmy Hart coming out to give a brief introduction to the event. They were only on the stage for a couple of minutes, so it barely ate into the show at all. We then got the same recap video featuring highlights from the past 30 years of the show.

    Once we were back in the arena, The Bloodline's music hit and everyone came out to the stage. This brought us to the trial of Sami Zayn. Paul Heyman addressed some ECW chants before the proceedings got started.

    The Wise Man ripped into Zayn and claimed he has been in league with Kevin Owens from the start. He even showed some clips to prove his point. He tried to paint a picture of a man who wanted to supplant Reigns at the head of the table.

    When it was Zayn's turn to speak, he said he was hurt that this was even happening after everything he has done for the family. Reigns told Solo Sikoa to take him out, but Jey Uso jumped between them and decided to play his own video to help Zayn's case.

    Reigns declared Zayn was not guilty...for now. He still seemed upset but told The Honorary Uce to show up at the Royal Rumble for his final test.

    Segments like this are what make WWE different. This was so well done and kept the crowd invested the whole time without anyone throwing a single punch. This segment was the best way to start this show.

    Sports entertainment and pro wrestling may be synonyms to some, but it's things like this that make them just a little different. This was pure sports entertainment.

    Grade: A


    Notable Moments and Observations

    • Why doesn't Solo have one of those big AR graphics yet?
    • Reigns sounded like he was either a little sick or trying to do a different voice for some reason. 
    • Jey's video did a great job showing how much Zayn has done for The Bloodline. 

The Usos vs. The Judgment Day (Raw Tag Titles)

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    We went right from the trial of Zayn into the Raw Tag Team Championship match between The Judgment Day and The Usos. Since only one set of belts was on the line, a lot of people predicted a title change leading to this bout.

    Damian Priest and Jimmy Uso started for their teams and wasted no time getting physical. While Jimmy took control first, his rival was able to turn the tables quickly when the fight spilled out of the ring.

    The first hour of Raw was commercial-free, so this bout had no interruptions. It's always more enjoyable to follow a fight without having a break in the middle, and that added to what was already an enjoyable encounter.

    Neither team dominated the action, so it felt like one of The Usos' more competitive title defenses in recent months. However, Jimmy appeared to hurt his leg in the middle of the match and was helped to the back by officials.

    Adam Pearce said if he can't continue, they would have to forfeit the match and the titles. Zayn suggested he take Jimmy's place, and Pearce allowed it since he did the same thing for The Judgment Day in the Tag Team Turmoil match.

    He and Jey ran to the ring and began beating on Priest and Dom. After a few near-falls from both teams, Sami and Jey hit the 1D for the win.

    This was an outstanding match that also fed into the larger story at hand. Everything was done just about perfectly. The first hour of Raw was devoted to Zayn, and that was the right call.

    Winners: The Usos

    Grade: A-


    Notable Moments and Observations

    • The Usos stayed in the ring instead of leaving and making a second entrance, which is something WWE has actually done before. 
    • The way Priest pounced on Jimmy and sent him into the announce table looked great. 
    • Dominik had new gear, including tassels on his legs. It was a slight improvement over his previous ring attire. 
    • The dive Priest hit over the top rope looked fantastic. The Usos caught him perfectly. 

Bayley vs. Becky Lynch

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    LA Knight came out to talk about his upcoming match with Bray Wyatt, but he was interrupted by The Undertaker's music before it turned into his American Badass theme.

    Knight tried to leave, but Wyatt blocked his path while holding a lantern as his music began to play. Knight retreated back to the ring where Taker grabbed him by the throat.

    Wyatt stared The Deadman down until Taker tossed Knight to him so he could hit Sister Abigail. He whispered something to Wyatt before leaving.

    The next match saw Bayley battle Lynch inside a steel cage. Damage CTRL were out first as the show cut to a break. Dakota Kai and Iyo Sky attacked The Man before she could get into the structure, giving The Role Model an advantage before the contest even started.

    All three women locked Lynch in the cage and triple-teamed her until Pearce came out to cut the lock with bolt cutters.

    The match ended up not happening, which upset the crowd quite a bit.

    Winner: Nobody

    Grade: Incomplete


    Notable Moments and Observations

    • This should have been the main event. The first women's cage match was, so it would have been nice symmetry to put this one in the same spot. Then again, the way this was done would have been received even worse if it was the main event. 
    • It seemed like a lot of trouble to transport and set up the cage just to do this. 

The Street Profits and Seth Rollins vs. Imperium

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    DX and Kurt Angle came out for a segment, but they were soon joined by Imperium. Gunther read them the riot act about honoring the mat and said the legendary group had to leave unless someone wanted to do something about it.

    Nobody in DX felt up to the challenge, but Seth Rollins answered the call. Montez Ford and Angelo Dawkins then came out to join his team and make this a six-man tag match.

    The Visionary and Giovanni Vinci started for their teams.

    This ended up being a fun but relatively tame six-man match. Everyone had their chance to get in and work for a couple of minutes, but the main showdown was between Rollins and Gunther.

    The action definitely picked up after the commercial break. We saw some big dives and a few cool double-team spots before Rollins got the win with a Stomp to Vinci.

    Winners: Rollins and The Street Profits

    Grade: B+


    Notable Moments and Observations

    • Some of the DX stuff was kind of funny because they all played up how old they are. 
    • Bringing out Teddy Long to make this match official was the icing on the cake. 
    • Angle wearing three shirts just to make the jokes work was pretty funny. 
    • Jerry Lawler was on commentary, so they were barely talking about the match at times because he was making fun of Kevin Patrick. 
    • Ford and Dawkins applying the Ankle Lock at the same time in front of Angle was a fun moment. 
    • Rollins countering a powerbomb into a Pedigree was a great spot. 

Bianca Belair vs. Sonya Deville

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    Charlotte Flair came out with an introduction from her father, Ric, but she was interrupted by Bianca Belair and later by Sonya Deville. This led to Deville and Belair having a singles match.

    The match started after a break and The EST of WWE took control right away. She taunted Deville before the former MMA fighter was able to turn the tables.

    She had the upper hand for the next few minutes, but the Raw women's champion was able to grab her for the KOD to get the win.

    Much of this bout took place during a commercial break, so we missed a lot of action. It was fine for what it was but nothing too memorable.

    Winner: Bianca Belair

    Grade: C+


    Notable Moments and Observations

    • Deville is so great at so many things. She should be featured way more often and be getting a much bigger push. 
    • The former WWE official had new gear for this match. It was much better than the generic black leather she has been wearing lately. 
    • Belair hit a backbreaker that didn't look very good. She dropped Deville on the side of her knee instead of right in the middle. 
    • The way Belair's body folded in half after Deville hit a kick to the gut was hilarious. 

Austin Theory vs. Bobby Lashley (U.S. Title)

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    After a quick segment with The Miz and Kevin Owens, Austin Theory made his way out for the main event to battle Bobby Lashley for the United States Championship.

    Earlier in the night, MVP approached The All Mighty again trying to restart their business relationship, so the possibility of MVP or Omos showing up loomed heavy over this bout.

    Lashley pushed Theory to the corner and immediately started dominating him after the ref started the match. He looked like he was going to have an easy road back to the title at first.

    Eventually, the champion was able to turn things in his favor by using a fire extinguisher to spray Lashley in the face. As the show was winding down, Brock Lesnar arrived and came to the ring right after The All Mighty put Theory through a table.

    The Beast Incarnate hit Lashley with an F5 and then grabbed Theory to do the same thing, but he dropped him on top of The All Mighty so he could get the cover and the win.

    This was a decent match, but it was also predictable how everything would go. The crowd popped for Lesnar, so it will be interesting to see who the WWE Universe sides with in their eventual rematch.

    Winner: Austin Theory

    Grade: B-


    Notable Moments and Observations

    • The Miz yelling about not getting a segment only to end up being hit with a Stunner by Kevin Owens was a good way to use two minutes. The crowd popped before KO even made it to the ring. 
    • Lashley is one of those wrestlers who is going to be called underrated no matter how successful he is. He's that good. 
    • The way The All Mighty was thrown into the steel steps looked rough. 
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